Striped Zamenis longissimus from northern Italy

Re: Striped Zamenis longissimus from northern Italy

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Sat May 25, 2019 12:58 pm

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Same locality as the first one: pictures taken by my friend Max Marconi a few minutes ago... Hope you like this (probably female?) striped gold yellow specimen!
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Re: Striped Zamenis longissimus from northern Italy

Postby Mario Schweiger » Sat May 25, 2019 1:18 pm

very nice specimen.
I have seen one nearly equal, but a bit darker, many many years ago at La Parrina (Orbetello, Tuscany)
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Re: Striped Zamenis longissimus from northern Italy

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Sun May 26, 2019 3:42 pm

Thanks Mario.

Here is a male vs male "relationship". One male is "normal" coloured, the other one is straw yellow and fainted striped.
They went on "duelling" even when I had the both in my hands for some pictures (it was impossible in other way because the were hidden inside deep gras and bushes).

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Very healthy and beautiful specimens! The straw yellow one was wonderful.

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Notice the darker male which pushes its chin on the back of the yellow male...


In the same area (province of Alessandria) I once found a DOR baby aesculapian which was very pale in colour, straw yellow in contrast to the more usual yellow-brownish colour...
In recent years I've no longer found aesculapian snakes there. Very sorry... :roll:
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